Mind and nef have recently published a literature review on how coproduction is being applied in mental health settings, which you can find here.
The natural question that follows from this publication is: “What next?” To help answer that question, a survey was put together by some folks* with a real interest in this and a little bit of time.
This post briefly gives an updated on the types of responses received so far.
In total, there have been 83 responses so far, which is pretty good going. Just over a third of responses are from people who identify as having a mental health problem. The next biggest response comes from mental health providers in the voluntary and community sector (15%) and then User-Led Organisations (12%).
The biggest barriers to coproduction in mental health are felt so far to be the following:
- Lack of engagement from people who deliver services (24%)
- Lack of understanding of the concept of coproduction (23%)
- Lack of commissioner support (12%)
- Other answers regularly mention lack of resources, including both time and money and insufficient recognition of people’s contributions/resources.
To take forward coproduction in mental health, the following so far were felt to be the most useful:
- A network of people specifically interested in mental health and coproduction (25%)
- Training to help understand what coproduction is, the difference it makes and how to do it (13%)
- A campaign to promote coproduction in mental health (13%).
Other than a notable number of respondents who think all policy areas should be prioritised, people who have completed the questionnaire so far think that health (46%) is the policy area that should be prioritised for mental health and coproduction, followed by social care (16%). Very few have mentioned, for example, employment (4%), welfare (0%) or criminal justice (3%).
This is all really useful information so far, and want to make sure there are as many views shared as possible. As such, the survey will be open until the end of January. If you, an organisation or someone / an organisation you know might be interested in completing the survey, please do pass it on.